Watco Transportation Services named Jimmy Patterson general manager for the Kansas & Oklahoma Railroad (KO). The former manager, Brad Hayes, will be managing the company's Tampa, Colo., terminal location.
Patterson began his railroad career in 2004 when he joined the KO team as assistant chief dispatcher. He has also served as assistant trainmaster, trainmaster and assistant general manager.
Additionally, Watco named Scott Cassidy general manager for the Swan Ranch Railroad (SRRR) in Cheyenne, Wyo. Cassidy will be responsible for the day-to-day operations on the SRRR and will report directly to the director of switching operations.
Cassidy started railroading in 2004 with CSX as a conductor and engineer. In 2012, he came to work for Watco as the assistant general manager at Black Thunder Switching in Wyo¬ming. He transferred to the Yellowstone Valley Railroad (YSVR) in September of 2012 as the general manager. In 2013, after the downsizing of the YSVR, Cassidy took an operation specialist position in Burley, Idaho.
Patterson and Cassidy’s duties will be to coordinate efforts between all railroad departments and to achieve performance goals with optimum safety, economy, efficiency and effectiveness, ensuring profitability of all departments on each respective railroad.